Farmers Markets in the Time of COVID-19

Farmers Markets in the Time of COVID-19

Your Guide to Farmers Markets in Greater Boston and Worcester County

For so many home cooks, chefs and food lovers, summer means vegetables picked straight from the ground and access to local products that just taste better. While COVID-19 may have interfered with some of our favorite summer activities, many farmers markets across Massachusetts haven’t let the pandemic stop them from serving their communities. In fact, most have taken our new normal in stride, offering drive-thru options and online markets, as well as reformatting the way open-air markets function—like providing market-specific guidelines about reusable bags in order to keep market-goers and vendors healthy.

Photo Credit: Hannah Packman

Photo Credit: Hannah Packman

Though some aspects of your market visits may feel a little different, like wearing a mask and leaving your furry friend at home, farmers markets across Massachusetts have remained dedicated to their original mission, providing their communities with fresh homegrown produce, artisan baked goods and everything else in between.

Some farmers are even taking precautions a step further by offering "order ahead" options, allowing you to pick your favorite veggies, jams, breads and meats from the safety of your home and drive over to quickly grab your order on market day.


Before You Go:

•Make a shopping list to expedite your outing.
•Bring a credit card for contactless purchasing.
•Check your local market's guidelines to see if you can bring your own reusable bag.
•Plan ahead and place an order online for pick up if your favorite vendors offer the option.
•Wash your hands, then wash them again. And then prepare to wash them as you enter the market!
•Follow the flow of "one-way" traffic inside the market.
•Remember you will likely not be able to touch any products, your farmers will have to choose for you.
•Don't forget your mask.
•Thank your wonderful farmers for helping strengthen your community!


So whether you’re looking to escape your house for a few hours or simply craving the perfect loaf that seems impossible to recreate in your kitchen use Edible Boston’s farmers market map to find which markets are open in your area and get outside to support your local farmers (from a distance of course!)

*If you know of a market open that is not included on our list, contact us at info@edibleboston.com to be added.

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